Do not wait a moment longer than you must: Quick-rise yeast hastens the process in this ultra-rich and sweet egg bread.
INGREDIENTS (for 3 servings):
- 1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
- 1 cup margarine, melted
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 3 egg, beaten
- 4 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 7 1/2 cups bread flour
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 tablespoons poppy seeds (optional)
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds (optional)
In a medium bowl, blend together warm water, melted margarine, sugar, and 3 beaten eggs
In a large bowl, mix together yeast, salt, and 7 cups of the flour. Gradually stir in liquid ingredients, and mix until dough holds together.
Knead dough on a floured surface with remaining flour until smooth.
Split the dough into 2 large pieces. Split the 2 large pieces into 3 pieces each. Roll each third into a rope 3/4 inch thick and braid 3 strands together. Repeat. Place shaped dough onto greased cookie sheets. Brush dough with remaining beaten egg. Add poppy or sesame seeds, if desired. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size.
Bake in a preheated 325 degree F(165 degrees C) oven for 20 to 30 minutes.